There is no remaining doubt that the GOP no longer exists. At least a third of Republicans in office do not believe in the original concepts of the Grand Old Party. These TEA Party Libertarians John McCain, and Rand Paul should stop taking money from Republican voters and start their own political party.
Deny it as they may, the Republican Party is in turmoil. The only politicians that the separated factions on the right disagree with more than themselves are Democrats. And that’s just out of principle, not for factual reasons.
Maybe it’s just me, (and I’m sure it often is), but if a candidate is elected because he or she has an “R” next to their name on the ballot, shouldn’t they represent that party? If that’s not true, then the United States in not a Republic, it is an Autocracy.
When our elected officials do not support the will of the people, they are breaking the law by not following the words and intent of both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Ours is mandated to be a county “by the people”, and “for the people”. It doesn’t exist for the betterment of ambitious, professional politicians.
If there is any doubt that the Republican Party is divided, we need only one example, the rift between Arizona’s John McCain, and Kentucky’s Rand Paul.
The existence of their discord may have been present for some period of time, but it became obvious during Rand’s publicity stunt when he filibustered the Senate deliberation over ‘drones’.
McCain called it as it was, a serious violation of the purpose of the Senate, which is to debate issues, and find common ground to make them effectual for everyone.
Rand didn’t see it that way. He continually used the pronoun “I”, as in “I” want answers, “I” want an explanation, and so on. We know that he is campaigning, but he is supposed to spend a portion of his time legislating.
Now McCain and Paul are divided about “Apple” and their tax situation.
Referring to moving much of the company’s assets offshore, McCain said: “For years, Apple has opted to forgo fully contributing to the U.S. Treasury and to American society by shifting profits and circumventing U.S. taxes. In the last four years alone, Apple has avoided paying taxes on $44 billion in income.”
Rand, who in true Libertarian style doesn’t believe in taxes on anyone, (but the working class), countered: “I’m offended by a $4 trillion government bullying, berating and badgering one of America’s greatest success stories,” he said. “The Congress should be on trial here for creating a Byzantine and bizarre tax code.”
He’s not wrong about reformation of the tax code, but would he debate or filibuster any form of discussion?
In fact, many items in our federal structure need serious review, from archaic and vague Constitutional amendments to comprehensive immigration reform. But no one in Washington wants to get to work and modernize our government.
We should have limits on campaign contributions, term limits for all elected officials, and a re-structuring of the way Congress is paid and the benefits they have taken for themselves. And, most important of all, Lobbyists need to be removed from existence.
Well, I got that out of my system. Washington will never improve, it will only continue to deteriorate. But, I can dream can’t I?
The Guardian Express